Kimberly Seals Allers

Advocate, Award-Winning Journalist, Author
Kimberly Seals

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Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, author, international speaker, strategist, and advocate for maternal and infant health. A former senior editor at Essence and writer at Fortune magazine, Kimberly is a leading voice on the sociocultural and racial complexities of birth, breastfeeding, and motherhood. She is the director of the Maternal and Child Health Communication Collective, a national initiative to shift the narrative of maternal and infant health issues, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Kimberly was recently named one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” for 2018 by Women’s eNews for her media advocacy work. A frequent contributor to The New York Times and Washington Post, HuffPost, Slate and others, her online commentaries received over 10 million page views last year. Kimberly’s fifth book, The Big Let Down—How Medicine, Big Business and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding was published by St. Martin’s Press in January 2017.

As a consultant, Kimberly provides strategic communication services to corporations with an interest in mothers and babies as well as hospitals, non-profits, and other public health-related organizations, with expertise in engaging communities of color.

For over seven years, she has created and directed innovative community-based projects in New Orleans, Birmingham, Detroit and Philadelphia that explore the impact of “first food deserts”—communities that severely lack accessible resources to support mothers who choose to breastfeed—and designed community-partnered strategies to transform these areas into more breastfeeding supportive environments.

Kimberly serves on the advisory board of MIT’s “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck” Hackathon and of 1000 Days, a non-profit focused on early nutrition founded by Hillary Clinton. In 2018, she founded Narrative Nation, a non-profit that creates community-centered media and technology to eradicate health disparities.

Kimberly is also the author of The Mocha Manual series of books, published by HarperCollins and founder of, an award-winning pregnancy and parenting destination for African Americans. Her first book, The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy was nominated for a NAACP Image Award and turned into a DVD sold at Wal-mart. The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion into Profit and The Mocha Manual to Military Life round out the top-selling series.

Kimberly has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, Anderson Cooper, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Fox News and has been featured in various international and national media outlets, including The Guardian (U.K.), U.S. News & World Report, Essence, Pregnancy and in various online media.

Kimberly is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A divorced mother of two, she lives in Queens, NY with her children.

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Putting an End to THE BIG LETDOWN

No Mother Left Behind: Reducing Racial Disparities in Breastfeeding Rates

Place Matters: Unleashing the Power of Community to Shift Cultural Norms in Breastfeeding

Shifting the Narrative: Rewriting the “Story” of Birth and Breastfeeding to Improve Outcomes

Shift Strategies Consulting

Kimberly is passionate about shifting organizational and professional industry culture by offering motivational and informative keynotes and workshops full of fresh insights on the social and cultural influences on the landscape of maternal and infant health.

From systemic barriers and cultural nuances to developing specific messaging custom designed for your organization, Kimberly’s keynotes and workshops connect and inspire.

Food Literacy for All 2018
"Shark Tank" stars Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner & Daymond John on "The View"
W.K. Kellogg Foundation: Stories from the Field, 2016 First Food Forum
Kimberly Seals Allers and DL Hughley Talk Turning Your Passion into Profit


“Best speaker of the day. First true disparities with solutions discussed today. Moved me to tears.”

California Breastfeeding Summit Pre-Conference

“I would love to hear Kim again. She is a wonderful educator to help us (health professionals) to better understand culture.”

California Breastfeeding Summit Pre-Conference

“Excellent presenter! Very powerful, insightful, gentle, humorous, and sent out a service of hope and possibilities.”

California Breastfeeding Summit Pre-Conference

“We were extremely fortunate to host Ms. Kimberly Seals Allers as our special invited guest speaker at La Salle’s MPH Awards Ceremony in 2014. Ms. Seals Allers inspired our graduates, alumni, community members, and dignitaries as she thoughtfully and passionately addressed disparities in health and wellness in urban communities and called on us to “not confuse someone’s circumstances” with their character.”

Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Public Health and Nutrition, La Salle University
Holly Harner, PhD, MBA, MPH, CRNP, WHCNP-BC